NCAA Basketball Betting: Who's Hot & Who's Not Among Top 25 Teams

Jake Walker

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 10:33 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 10:33 PM UTC

In this article we analyze how the Top 25 teams in NCAA Basketball have performed ATS to determine who to back and who to fade with our NCAA Basketball picks.

The following table contains the SU and ATS records of the AP Top 25 teams.  

Based on this information, the Top 25 teams with the best ATS records are: USC (15-8), Xavier (14-9), Michigan State (14-9), Arizona (14-10) and Wichita State (13-8).

The ranked teams with poor ATS records that we should fade when placing NCAA Basketball picks are: Baylor (5-11-1), North Carolina (8-14-1), Virginia (9-12), Kentucky (10-13) and Oklahoma (10-11).

Here are the top three ATS teams and the bottom three ATS teams among the Top 25 in the nation according to their recent results.


Who's Hot?
No. 25 Wichita State (13-8 ATS)

The Wichita State Shockers are the hottest ranked team in the nation, going 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games. Beat the NCAA Basketball odds by backing this team since their upcoming games this week are against two weak opponents, the Drake Bulldogs (6-18) and the Northern Iowa Panthers (14-11).  


No. 8 Michigan State (14-9 ATS)
The Michigan State Spartans are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games. Michigan State is currently playing No. 18 Purdue and their other game this week is against an Indiana Hoosiers (19-5) team that gives up 68.5 points per game.


No. 17 Arizona (14-10 ATS) 
The Arizona Wildcats are on a 3-0 SU and ATS run and they have huge Pac-12 matchups at home this week, first against the UCLA Bruins (13-10) on Friday and then with the No. 23 USC Trojans (18-5), who barely missed our Who's Hot? ranking (15-8 ATS).


Who's Not?
No. 21 Baylor (5-11-1 ATS) 

The Baylor Bears are a dismal 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games, including two consecutive SU losses. Their schedule for the rest of the week is not easy, as it includes games against the Kansas State Wildcats (14-9) on the road and a home matchup against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-9). Fade Baylor with your NCAA Basketball picks at online sportsbooks like 5Dimes.


No. 9 North Carolina (8-14-1 ATS) 
The North Carolina Tar Heels might be ranked No. 9 in the nation but they have cost bettors money as of late, going 1-5 ATS in their last six games. The Tar Heels are playing the Boston College Eagles at the moment of this writing and their next two games are against the Pittsburgh Panthers (17-5) on Sunday and against the Duke Blue Devils (18-6) on February 17.  


No. 3 Oklahoma (10-11 ATS)
The No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games despite winning five of their last six games straight up. Oklahoma welcomes the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks (19-4 SU and 12-8 ATS) on Saturday before visiting the Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-9) on February 17.

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